The Effects of Western Colonialism on African Predicaments

11 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2020

Date Written: February 3, 2020


Communalism is one of the characteristics of African people. It is the spirit that brings them tied together. It is not only a vital aspect of the African cultural values, but also affirmed by some African scholars that communalism is an African identity. However, this communal life for which Africans were so called is gradually eluding them since their encounter with the colonial masters. This work therefore, examines the nature of African predicament and what gave rise to the increment since the intervention of the colonial masters. Comparative analytic method of study was adopted in this inquiry into “The Effects of Western Colonialism on African Predicaments”. Findings indicated that Africans are not the only people with communalistic tendencies; that community life is a universal idea; it is found among other continents of the world in diverse forms and degrees; though human nature work and live together and is seen as being gregarious, the intervention of colonialism, encouraged the loss of African cultural heritage to cling more towards Western individualism, leaving African communalism as one of the African predicaments. This paper identifies the cordial relationship that existed between the “whites” and the “blacks”, until the Europeans discovered gold and ivory on African soil, then the scramble for African partition and Africans underdevelopment. This paper set out to study the various African predicaments and the role of Western colonialism. This we believed will reawaken the African mind in appreciating who they are and the best approach to Western civilizations.

Keywords: Predicament, Communalism, Individualism, Colonialism

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Mmoneke, Samuel Ifeanyi, The Effects of Western Colonialism on African Predicaments (February 3, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

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